Name: Tony Salentino
Age: Younger than Mike Hill and just older than Damian Cain (my co-directors)
Company: Complete Mortgage and Loan Services
Job Title: Director
Where do you live? Hedge End, near Southampton.
Describe your current job:
Strategic planning and marketing of CMLS as a mortgage and loan packager; maintaining strong lender relationships and negotiating exclusive products with panel lenders; developing lender relationships; developing franchise offices throughout the UK; visiting brokers and maintaining good customer service.
What was your first job?
I signed with well-known Italian football Club US Salernitana. (OK, maybe they are not well known here but they did sell Cameroonian international Rigerbert Song to Liverpool in 1998.)
What was your last job?
Working for a small brokerage in Hampshire. By the time I left it had become a recognised mortgage packager and is still trading as one of CMLS’ competitors.
What have you done in between?
I have had various management roles including branch manager with Avco Trust. Thinking of Avco brings back fond memories and it’ great to meet old colleagues who migrated to the mortgage industry.
What has been the defining point of your career?
Playing my first game for US Salernitana in 1977. Last match of the season, scored the winner in the last minute (overhead kick, top right-hand corner), won the league on goal difference and got promoted… then I woke up. Seriously, joining CMLS has without doubt been the most rewarding decision I have made.
And the most embarrassing?
Having bought a beautiful BMW diesel I was being particularly careful about where I parked it, how I drove it etc. Everything was fine until I called our ops director Jon O’ about a PMPA meeting I had just attended. I pulled in to a petrol station and happily started filling the car up – with petrol! Still, it could have been worse – I didn’ start the engine so it only cost me £460 to put right.
Do you have a mortgage?
Yes, a three-year tracker with Bristol & West that ends in June. Any offers?
What’ your favourite restaurant?
Banks Bistro in Bishops Waltham, great food and service – and so romantic. What’ the most you have spent on dinner for two? It was at the Jules Verne restaurant halfway up the Eiffel Tower. A fantastic evening but the points it gave me on my credit card allowed my wife Carla and myself to fly back to Paris again for free.
What is your favourite band?
As a late 1970s and early 1980s youth I was surrounded by terrific rock groups. Meatloaf and Aerosmith are particular favourites. I also like Robbie Williams.
What’ your favourite tipple?
I don’ really drink, but a tall glass of Vodka Pimms, lots of ice and lemonade is refreshing.
Do you have any hobbies and interests?
Not surprisingly I’ a big football fan. My passion now is coaching which I have been doing for the past four years. I coach at under-11 and under-12 and am completing my UEFA B coaching licence in April. I also work for Southampton FC in its centre of excellence. My three daughters are all keen dancers so shows, auditions and festivals keep us busy.